Elgin Open Gardens

October 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm 5 comments

The seasons seem to come and go so fast. Maybe it is because there are so many specific things to do in the garden each month. I don’t know, but before you know it the correct season for pruning or transplanting or dividing or whatever, seems to have come and gone.
The same applies to Open Gardens. I always think that I will have so many things in place for Open Gardens ‘next year’, and what happens? I spend the month of October rushing around like a scalded cat trying to get things finished! Well, done it again!

Winter in the garden with Wolfie in his favorite position in the golf car.

I have tried to make things a little bit more appealing for a greater number of gardeners this year.
If you have a friend or member of the family who would enjoy the garden but is not that mobile, please remember we have a mobility scooter as well as a golf car. Both are free. I will take visitors around the garden but I can only take one person at a time as the golf car has a ‘boot/cargo box’ and not back seats.
I have worked on an activity booklet for the children so that their parents may enjoy their time in the garden more. It will most probibly cost about R8.00. I haven’t printed it yet so don’t have a final price.
For the Dads, husbands or boyfriends, who really have a limited interest in gardening, there will be cold draught beer and sandwiches on sale, which they can relax and enjoy.
I will give a light hearted talk, illustrated with photographs, of the preparations in the Grand Pavillion at the Chelsea Flower Show at 11.00am on Sunday 31st October and 11.00am on Saturday 6th November. (no charge)
Arnelia Nursery, an excellent producer of Proteas, Leucodendrons and Leucospermums, has supplied me with a lovely selection of their plants which will be on display and for sale. There are some lovely new pincushion hybrids.
As they were unloading the plants, a malachite sunbird landed on one of the pincushions – obviously thought this was ‘meals on wheels’! Anyway the flowers got his vote of approval.
There are a few plants of my favorite miniature protea, Protea scolymacephala. Arnelia has only recently started propagating it and offering it for sale, so I was thrilled that there were some left for us.

Protea scolymacephala

Also remember that the garden is home to a large number of birds, so these can also be enjoyed as you wander around the garden.
Hope to see you on the farm.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lexi  |  October 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    How lovely Linda, I enjoyed that bit of news. Looking forward to seeing the garden. It’d probably be best for me on Saturday next week as G will be watching rugby – might Malc and family be there then? Love, Lexi

    • 2. heavenscentgarden  |  October 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Malc and family will be here on 30 – 31. Lovely to see you!

  • 3. Helen  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Well, Linda, I must take my hat of to you! A blog ”nogal” fantastic idea! i look forward to the next exciting episode, more pics, show us whats flowering please!
    hope you are also having this lovelly rain, unfortuneatly it has wiped out my first roses! cant have everything though…

    • 4. heavenscentgarden  |  October 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Helen! Will try and keep you up to date. Luckily we didn’t have the wind so the roses are still looking fine – hope it all lasts for Open Gardens. How about a visit?

  • 5. Maja Heynecke  |  October 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Please would you mail me your contact number so we can talk to you about the gardens?
    I did send a mail, but can’t find your phone details on the website anywhere.
    Much appreciated.
    Maja Heynecke
    021 448 3776


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